White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders slammed CNN’s Jim Acosta on Monday after the professional provocateur tried to grandstand her during a White House press briefing over something President Donald Trump tweeted.
Acosta was upset when Trump called out the media Monday on Twitter for reporting inaccurate and false information, saying, “Fake News Must End!”
“There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news,” Trump tweeted. “The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly. That will do much to put out the flame of Anger and Outrage and we will then be able to bring all sides together in Peace and Harmony. Fake News Must End!”
“Shouldn’t you reserve the term ‘enemy’ for people who are actually the enemy of the United States rather than journalists?” Acosta asked.
“The president is not referencing all media, he’s talking about the growing amount of fake news that exists in the country and the president’s calling that out,” Sanders replied.
Acosta shouted over other reporters to ask a follow-up question, asking Sanders to state for the record which news outlets the administration considered to be “the enemy of the people.”
“Those individuals probably know who they are,” Sanders fired back.
“Would that include my outlet?” Acosta shouted back.
Acosta demanded that Sanders “have the guts” to state which outlets and journalists are the “enemy of the people.”
Sanders immediately pointed out CNN blaming the Trump administration for the man sending pipe bombs to Democratic figures.